It’s perfectly understandable as to why some businesses are reluctant to implement new terminal emulation technology. The whole idea can feel formidable and unnerving. Apprehensions can develop when one begins to think about high installation and maintenance costs, orienting employees with new methodologies, possible disruption of daily operations or IT infrastructure instability.
We fully understand the expected concerns and with that being said, we will discuss next-generation emulators that are designed to help, not hinder. Second-generation emulators are 1) faster 2) thinner and web-ready and 3) address the anticipated unease that typically accompanies deploying a new terminal emulation system.
The Rocket Terminal Emulation Suite
Those who have incorporated terminal emulation systems for any length of time are very aware of how the terminal emulation market has changed over the years. And even though second-generation emulators have distinct advantages over first-generation emulators, businesses are still choosing to cling to their more outdated, archaic technologies due to the concerns already mentioned. These concerns will be discussed in more detail. The good news is, with the appropriate solution, one can expect safe, transparent and virtually cost-free deployment—previous concerns and uncertainties can become a thing of the past! And it is here where the Rocket Terminal Emulation Suite makes its grand entrance!
The Rocket Terminal Emulation Suite is a very high-tech terminal emulator that provides thin, swift, secure, full-function browser-and PC-based terminal emulation for IBM Mainframe (TN3270), iSeries (TN5250), UNIX/DEC(VT), Unisys (T27 & UTS), HP NonStop Tandem (6530) and secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP). When compared to more outdated emulators, Rocket Terminal Emulation absolutely minimizes the cost, maintenance, upgrade-inconveniences and administration—all this combined with a secure, transparent and almost expense-free implementation!
Main Reasons to Switch to Rocket Terminal Emulation
You Save Money
It’s no secret that deployment expenses associated with a new emulation system exceed mere software license fees. Configuration and installation of software for a multitude of users—whether hundreds or thousands—who are dispersed throughout various locations–whether locally, state-wide or internationally—require manual intervention, in most cases.
Additionally, acquiring new hardware may be necessary with deployment of a new terminal emulation system. Due to software configuration and maintenance, network supervisors can find themselves concentrating less on more urgent responsibilities which, in turn, has the potential to threaten productivity and even involve more personnel. Also, the managing of software updates for multiple-user sites can turn into an ongoing logistical and administrative inconvenience, to say the least.
When it comes to the launching of new emulation software, Rocket Terminal Emulation deployment involves minimal or no-cost! “Saving money instead of adding expenses? How can that be?” you might ask.
Multiple-Server Environments Are Supported
The Rocket Terminal Emulation client object can be deployed from any web server including, Windows IIS, Mainframe, iSeries, UNIX and others. As a result, no supplementary hardware or software purchase is necessary.
Distribution Is Simple and Cost-Effective
Rocket Terminal Emulation deployment is simple. Regardless of the number or location of users, they can be sent an e-mail which includes a web link. With a simple click on the link, the Rocket Terminal Emulation download is initiated. . With one click, effortless and virtually cost-free deployment is a reality. Gone are the days when administrators lose track of groups of widely-distributed users that result in costly and complicated software installations!
Configuration Is Automatic
Rocket Terminal Emulation takes the worry out of any skill requisites that might be necessary to install and configure a new emulator. Organization’s technical resources do not need to be continually involved with software configuration, time and time again, user by user. Automatic download is virtually child’s play since nothing is required of the user other than clicking a hyperlink which activates the auto-download of a preconfigured client—how easy is that?!
Total Cost Of Ownership Is Low
Now is the time to customize your needs by choosing the type of licensing which tailor-fits your requirements—concurrent or per seat. Why spend money on a sporadically-used license? Additionally, upgrades are included in your yearly maintenance subscription and this equates to putting an end to endless add-on charges that are tacked on just to allow an operating system upgrade.
Be assured that with Rocket Terminal Emulation, any concerns regarding disruption to the business can be thrown out the window—deleted—squelched—silenced—stifled. Rocket Terminal Emulation is designed specifically to be easy-to-use in addition to being highly customizable to support the ever-changing business requirements—all this without even remotely compromising the functionality of your original legacy applications. The Rocket Terminal Emulation client object is a one-time download—typically about 2.5 MB—which allows travel through a company’s network to be reasonably undetected.
This should all be very good news for business leaders who consider the effects that deployment of a new emulation solution might trigger concerning their business operations.
Questions such as
- Is there a possibility of downtime?
- Will there be usability obstacles?
- Will we lose functionality?
- Will our future needs be supported?
All of these questions are very legitimate; but unfortunately, too many companies are so fearful of possible risk-factors, they hobble along for years and continue to utilize older emulation technologies that, many times, simply perpetuate the problems within their existing solution.
Rocket Terminal Emulation can actually uncover a multitude of flaws that directly drag down the efficiency of one’s emulation users. It’s not until Rocket Terminal Emulation is in place that one can fully realize and appreciate the advantages of this system. Regardless of where your users are located downloading is incredibly simple and business operations will remain seamless and uninterrupted.
Maintaining existing customizations is a big deal for businesses since many of those involved have devoted countless man-hours, over the course of months and years, to tailor-fit their emulation solutions to match their unique business needs. The mere idea of starting over and duplicating the work that has already been done would be unthinkable. New emulation deployment involves assessing the solution’s ability to preserve existing customizations; and it is rare where organizations can simply purchase an emulation software package and immediately use it on the spot. Since businesses are varied in their dynamics, customization is usually required through scripting and/or macro-recording.
Any concerns associated with the transitioning to a new emulation solution can be cast aside, thanks to Rocket Terminal Emulation. Our conversion consultants can automate the translation of existing scripts and macros to be compatible with the Rocket Terminal Emulation script environment. In fact, even in circumstances in which the proprietary nature of the existing macros and scripts might prevent this, Rocket Terminal Emulation consultants will be able to recreate and modify existing scripts.
Rocket Software fully understands that preserving the look, feel and performance of an existing emulator is vital. We realize launching a new emulation solution creates a universal concern regarding how rapidly users will comfortably familiarize themselves to the new software. Realistically, in many cases, due to different screens and new navigational procedures, significant retraining efforts can cause some trepidation. Additionally, employee frustration, costly training, operation downtime and a considerably delayed ROI can emerge. And as if that’s not enough, users in multiple locations would require training as well.
Again, Rocket Software has good news. A key component of the conversion process is to pre-configure the interface and navigation of the client to virtually simulate the previous emulator. This offers an impressively smooth and transparent transition. “Skins” can be applied, via the expertise of a conversion consultant. These skins–as far as the user’s eye is concerned–appear essentially indistinguishable when compared to what the users have been accustomed to. In the end, the deployment of Rocket Terminal Emulation allows for insignificant disruption with every-day activities.
For any features that might be Rocket-specific, training documents and online training are available. We have found, however, that in almost every case, minimal training is required for those users already familiar with the previous emulation software.
Keyboard Mapping and Session Setting
New emulation deployment shouldn’t involve having to re-invent the wheel, so to speak, as it applies to keyboard mappings and session-setting standards that have already been put into place. Obviously, administrators would demand that an emulation solution have the ability to replicate these types of standards to avoid complications or postponement of deployment.
A Rocket Terminal Emulation translation allows administrators to effectively accommodate almost every display and printer-setting users require. Administrators can pre-configure these settings and have them automatically distributed when deploying the Rocket Terminal Emulation clients. Because of this, Rocket Terminal Emulation allows the focus to zero in on new strategic business initiatives as opposed to work that has been done, previously.
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